UK SINGLES 1978-1982
Ian Gillan Band / Gillan

A : MAD ELAINE
B :
MERCURY HIGH

ISLAND WIP 6423 : Jan 27. 1978

From Scarabus,
regular Island bag.
DJ copies also pressed.

A : VENGEANCE
B : SMOKE ON THE WATER

ACROBAT BAT 12 : October 1979

A from Mr Universe. Non LP Smoke On The Water done in one take in studio, horrible. Cover as Mr Universe LP.

A : SLEEPING ON THE JOB
B : HIGHER & HIGHER

VIRGIN VS 355 : June 1980

A from Japanese Mr. Universe, B from Gillan Fans Only. Free patch. Cartoon cover.

A : NO EASY WAY
B : HANDLES ON HER HIPS / I MIGHT AS WELL GO HOME

VIRGIN VS 362 : July 1980

A from Glory Rd; two non album b-side tracks. Title sleeve.

A : TROUBLE
B : YOUR SISTERíS ON MY LIST

C/D : MR. UNIVERSE / VENGEANCE / SMOKE ON THE WATER

VIRGIN VS 377 : October 1980

Non-album Trouble, Sisterís off Japanese Mr. Universe. Three live tracks from Reading Aug 22. 1980 Double single in gatefold sleeve with a live photo, then in regular sleeve.

A : MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION
B : THE MAELSTROM

VIRGIN VSK 103 : Feb 1981

Two non-album tracks. Early copies had a booklet with story in, later copies had normal 7Ē sleeve.

A : NEW ORLEANS
B : TAKE A HOLD ON YOURSELF

VIRGIN VS 406 : March 1981

Future Shock a-side, non LP flip. Mississipi paddle boat on cover.

A : NO LAUGHING IN HEAVEN / ONE FOR THE ROAD
B : LUCILLE / BAD NEWS

VIRGIN VS 425 : June 1981

Future Shock a-side, two non LP flips. Sleeve has fantasy illustration.

A : NIGHTMARE
B : BITE THE BULLET

VIRGIN VS 441 : October 1981

A from Double Trouble, live flip from Reading 1981. Thatís not Gillan on the sleeve!

A : RESTLESS
B : ON THE ROCKS

VIRGIN VS 465 / VSY 465 : January 1982

A off Double Trouble, live flip from Reading 1981. Issued in 7Ē sleeve, fold out poster, or picture disc, with image of a boy against a high-rise landscape.

A : LIVING FOR THE CITY
B : BREAKING CHAINS

VIRGIN VS 519 / VS 519Y : August 1982

Magic a-side, non LP flip. Also issued as picture disc by mistake. They meant to use Purple Sky on the pic disc b-side and this title is printed on the disc.

A : LIVING FOR THE CITY
B : PURPLE SKY

VIRGIN VSY 519 : August 1982

Correct version of the pic disc. Non LP flip. The correct version has the word Orlake scratched on the B-side. The wrong version just has the catalogue number.

A : LONG GONE
B : FIJI

VIRGIN VS 537 : October 1982

Magic a-side and non LP flip. Sleeve has cut-out hand holding cards.

Notes

At the time a lot of the singles and b-sides were not available on album. Some were rounded up on the collection What I Did On My Vacation, and they were later added to remastered CDs by Virgin. There were no posthumous releases and (strangely) no regular 12" editions. I've never seen any special promo labels for the Virgin issues but white labels and acetates do circulate. Most of the singles are quite easy to collect although finding them in pristine condition is less common. The Island single is less common and Vengeace takes some finding. The picture discs were only pressed in small numbers but most went to fans so do come onto the market at quite reasonable prices. Please let us know of any errors or omissions.

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